This wasn’t the book I thought it was. I thought I had picked up another book by this guy (likely a matter of similar tastes in cover art) and I was five chapters in before I realized that I was wrong. Happily I was wrong in a good way.
I went for the Joshua Ferris/Jonathan Tropper because I was in the mood for dark and funny. Dark and funny is exactly what I got with This is Where I Leave You. The story is told by Judd Foxman, a man who is helping fulfill the dying wish of his father (who was by all reports an atheist) by sitting shiva with his wacky family. The novel unfolds over the seven days of mourning and manages to get into everything from infertility and infidelity to sibling rivalry and traumatic brain injury. The perfect balance of serious/thought-provoking and hysterical. I was thrilled to find out that this is his fifth book. I will definitely be reading the first four!